Tuesday, February 20, 2018

The Sea Before Us

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SUNDIN, SARAH
THE SEA BEFORE US

Nothing but love could heal the wounds of war

In 1944, American naval officer Lt. Wyatt Paxton arrives in London to prepare for the Allied invasion of France. He works closely with Dorothy Fairfax, a "Wren" in the Women's Royal Naval Service, who pieces together reconnaissance photographs with holiday snapshots of France -- including those of her family's summer home -- in order to create accurate maps of Normandy. Maps that Wyatt turns into naval bombardment plans for D-day.

As the two spend concentrated time together in the pressure cooker of war, their deepening friendship threatens to turn into something more. But both of them have too much to lose to give in to love...

My Review:

A book that is as luscious as this cover promises! And how exciting to be at the beginning of this new series. I adore the way Sarah Sundin brings her historical novels to life. From characters to setting to the World War II backdrop -- this author has a talent for weaving facts and fiction together in a most compelling way.

And I especially appreciate the strong faith thread she has woven into the fabric of this story. Bold but not preachy,  I was never in doubt that I was reading Christian fiction. And honestly, that deeply tangled and sometimes frayed inspirational thread makes this story so much richer, transforming this book into an experience to be savored.

Wyatt is my favourite kind of hero -- emotionally wounded and valiantly trying to compensate. Here is a man anchored by his faith, even though he still wrestles with his past. I love that he's a work in progress -- just like me! And while Dorothy is just as committed to contributing to the war effort, she has let her faith slide as she wrestles with finding God in the midst of the ravages of war. These two have some amazing discussions as their friendship deepens.But, honestly, Dorothy can be such an addlepated ninny at times that I just wanted to box her ears and send her home on more than one occasion. :-) Luckily Wyatt is more patient than I am.

So, along with the angsty romance, Sundin treats her readers to epic battle scenes filled with action (but not bogged down by too much technical detail). And there are some disagreeable secondary characters that need a good purse whomping. Gah! But I do so enjoy being all righteously indignant on behalf of a hero and heroine and the author provides plenty of those moments here. And to top it all off there's even a bit of mystery percolating in the background -- one that brings Wyatt and Dorothy closer together and then threatens to pull them apart.

And can I just say that Sarah Sundin is the queen of epic blockbuster endings?! I'm still all twitterpated over this one.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like a chance to win a copy of The Sea Before Us, leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you add your email to a comment, remember to use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in order to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email, please add the title to the subject line so it's easy for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday February 25, 2018. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck!

Monday, February 19, 2018

Secret Service Setup

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PATCH, JESSICA R.
SECRET SERVICE SETUP

A federal agent in the crosshairs
Can the security specialists protect him?

Secret Service agent Evan Novak becomes the target of multiple hit men when someone puts a two million-dollar bounty on his head. Is it the gunrunner he's tracking...or a traitorous agent? Framed and wanted, Evan reluctantly accepts protection from bodyguard Jody Gallagher, his former love who lost her Agency career because of him. But then the bounty is raised to include Jody...

My Review:

Eeeeeeppp! Jessica R. Patch! Eeeeep!!! That's my romantic suspense super squeal, which is more shrill than my other infatuated literary cheers. And for good reason because this author knows how to deliver an adrenaline rush of a read.

She is also horribly mean to her characters...to the point of being downright cruel which leads to a scrumptious amount of angst and mayhem. Including plenty of action packed scenes that had me wincing and ducking. And don't get me started on the first aid scenes...my complexion still has a green tinge.

The suspense is impossibly complicated with hired killers climbing out of the woodwork in a relentless stream of ingenuous murder attempts. But Jody and Evan have some equally clever counter moves. In fact, Jody has a cool superpower which definitely comes in handy a time or two.

And then there's the romance. Be. Still. My. Heart. "His sly grin tipped her heart on its side." (p 117) You and me both, Jody, and my heart hasn't righted itself yet! Even though I know what Evan did to Jody was ...well definitely hard to forgive. Even harder to forget and that keeps Jody holding him at arms length because even though the reader can see he's clearly a changed man, she isn't letting him show her that transformation -- the kind that happens when you have invited God into your life. These two dance around their buried feelings in a delicious way. Their almost kisses turned my toe curls into permanent waves. And the wicked banter -- dark humour to cut through the tension is icing on the cake.

An exquisitely marvelous example of inspirational romantic suspense that belongs on keeper shelves everywhere.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like a chance to win a copy of Secret Service Setup, leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you add your email to a comment, remember to use AT and DOT in order to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email, please add the title to the subject line so it`s easy for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday February 25 2018. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck!

Sunday, February 18, 2018

February Giveaway - Week Three



WON BY DIANA FLOWERS


WON BY LAURA WALTZ

WON BY CONNIE LEE

WON BY LADY SNOW ANGEL

WON BY LUCY REYNOLDS

WON BY SAMANTHA


You know the drill -- I will email the winner if they included their email in their comment. If not, it`s up to the winner to contact me with your mailing address at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If I can`t connect with a winner within a month your win will be forfeited. Books are usually sent out within a week of receiving a winner`s address, but give it a month before inquiring about deliveries to allow for processing and delivery times.

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Saturday, February 17, 2018

Tangled Ashes

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PHOENIX, MCIHELE
TANGLED ASHES

After invading Lamorlaye, France, Nazi officials don't hesitate to take over the beautiful Meunier manor as their headquarters, hitting two young Frenchwoman, Marie and Elise, who clean and launder to help supplement their families' meager incomes. But the girls begin to grow suspicious when medical equipment arrives, followed by an influx of pregnant women. As the Nazis' plans for the manor become clear, the girls must decide where their loyalties truly lie.

More than fifty years later...

Architect Marshall Becker arrives in Lamorlaye to begin the massive renovations of a Renaissance-era castle. The project was meant to provide an escape for Becker instead becomes a gripping glimpse into the human drama that unfolded during the Nazi occupation and seems to live on in midnight disturbances and bizarre acts of vandalism.

Becker explores the castle's shadowy history as he seeks to cope with the demons from his own past. Only Jade, the feisty nanny of the owner's children, is willing to stand up to him. But Becker soon discovers that every one of the chateau's inhabitants seems to have something to hide and something to protect -- and something worth fighting for.

My Review:

Published in 2012
My thanks to my public library for providing me with all these excellent Retro Reads

An unexpected treasure of a read with a dual timeline! Present day tangles with 1940s in occupied France and provides a story rife with complicated layers and complex characters. Phoenix does an amazing job of weaving past and present together and the way the two timelines collide towards the end is page-turning perfection!

This is the kind of novel that explores hard topics and poses difficult questions. About life. And faith. Beck, in particular, is a lost soul, dragged down by despair. I didn't like him much at the beginning and he still irked me as the story progressed but I could also understand how he'd gotten to this point in his life as the author peels back some of those layers to reveal pain and hurt and betrayal.

A moving account of people caught up in real life struggles and the God who has the power to bring hope and healing if they are willing accept His offered hand.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like a chance to win a copy of Tangled Ashes, leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you add your email to a comment, remember to use AT and DOT instead of @ and. to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email, please add the title to the subject line so it's easy for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday February 18, 2018. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck.

Friday, February 16, 2018

A Man for Honor

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MILLER, EMMA
A MAN FOR HONOR

Second Chance Match

With four children and a dilapidated farmhouse, Amish widow Honor King asks Seven Poplars's matchmaker to find her a secure and reliable new husband. Someone the opposite of her first love -- who left her at the altar nine years ago, yet whom she's never been able  to forget. Luke's back in town, and also looking for a new partner. For him, there's only one candidate to be his wife -- the woman he let get away. But when Honor won't let him into her life, he works his way into her house. Hammer in hand, he'll fix her home...but it'll take more than brawn and nails to mend her heart.

My Review:

Isn't that a great cover? It perfectly captures Honor -- you can see the steely glint of determination in her expressions, can't you? And that determination is to keep Luke from needling his way back into her life. She is so prickly every time he shows up it's awkward and funny and a little bit heartbreaking because he is so besotted. And Honor's kinner are a hoot. Rough and tumble and out of control. This doting mama needs a crash course on child discipline which makes a relationship with Luke all the more challenging because he has definite ideas on that subject. A heartwarming delight of a read.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like a chance to win a copy of A Man for Honor, leave a copy below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you add your email to a comment remember to use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in order to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email, please add the title to the subject line so it's easy for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday February 18 2018. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Welcome to Wishing Bridge

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HERNE, RUTH LOGAN
WELCOME TO WISHING BRIDGE

Three friends converge in a small town after one of their lives takes a wrong turn.

Kelsey is on her way to a life do-ever. And it's not the first time. Abandoned by her drug-addict mother as a teen, she landed in a foster-care group home where she experienced faith and community -- and met her best friends, Jazz and Theadora. The trio stuck together like sisters and vowed to make their lives mean something.

Now Kelsey's pushing thirty, and her life has taken a wrong turn. Pregnant and alone after loving the wrong man, she's on her way to making another life-changing decision when a wicked blizzard strands her outside the sleepy town of Wishing Bridge.

After being rescued from a snowbank by a handsome cop, she's embraced by the welcoming village, but she still feels upside down. Fortunately, her frantic SOS brings her besties rushing to help sort things out. They soon find that Wishing Bridge has as many secrets as Kelsey does -- and she's connected to it in ways she couldn't have imagined.

My Review:

Woohoo! Welcome to Wishing Bridge and welcome to an awesome new series by Ruth Logan Herne. Be prepared for a heart-tugging and soul-stirring escape as you lose yourself in Kelsey's story. From the gripping opening scene to the toe-curl of a conclusion...and the sweet promise of more good things to come in future books. Because while this is Kelsey's story, the author has cleverly brought these three foster sisters together in a very special town that isn't ready to let them go any time soon.

And this reader doesn't want to leave either. Not only have Kelsey, Thea and Jazz captured my heart, but there are some memorable secondary characters -- like Maggie and Jeb and Avis -- that I'm looking forward to meeting up with again in future books. Especially since they are often the source for many 'Ruthdoms' -- a new phrase I'm coining for 'Ruthy Wisdoms' -- about life and love and faith.

If you like angsty romance that's also hope-laced and faith-driven then Welcome to Wishing Bridge is a definite do not miss!

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Credible Threat

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WOODHAVEN, HEATHER
CREDIBLE THREAT

No safe place

Someone wants accountant Rebecca Linn -- the granddaughter of a federal judge -- dead, and it's Deputy US Marshal Kurt Brock's duty to figure out why and protect her. But her powerful family insists Kurt keep his relationship with Rebecca strictly professional...no matter how much he's drawn to the feisty, fast-thinking beauty. Rebecca is sure the suspicious evidence she uncovered in her latest auditing case has put a target on her back. But staying ahead of those out to silence her is bringing her dangerously close to Kurt -- and putting both their careers on the line. With the attacker closing in, can Rebecca and Kurt survive long enough to reveal the would-be killer's secrets?

My Review:

Spine-tingling good! Rebecca has moxie for all she's a mild-mannered accountant. She holds her own in any number of intense situations and earns the respect of her US Marshall protector....and a whole lot more. But Kurt has been warned off his beguiling protectee so he's all business. Um...yeah...that works out well. Not! Cue tons of warm and melty moments that leave a reader on romantical tenterhooks. Add in ever-present danger and a puzzling mystery that needs solving and you get a riveting read that will enthrall the most discerning of armchair sleuths. Sweet perfection in 217 pages.

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If you would like a chance to win a copy of Credible Threat, leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you add your email to a comment, remember to use AT and DOT instead of @ and . to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email, please add the title to the subject line so it's easy for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday February 18 2018. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck!

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Too Far Down

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CONNEALY, MARY
TOO FAR DOWN

With danger drawing ever closer, the Boden clan risk losing their ranch forever.

Having returned home to the ranch, Cole Boden finds himself caught between missing his time back east and appreciating all that New Mexico Territory offers. Sure, he fights with his siblings now and then, but he does care for them. He enjoys his new job running the mine and, when he's honest, he admits that Melanie Blake captures his interest in a way no other woman ever has.

Melanie has been a friend to the Bodens forever. A cowgirl who is more comfortable with horses than people, she never expected to find herself falling for someone, particularly for refined Cole Boden, a Harvard graduate who can't seem to make up his mind about about staying in New Mexico.

When a deadly explosion damages the CR Mining Company, the Bodens realize their troubles are not behind them as they thought. Shadowy forces are still working against them. Melanie is determined to help Cole and the family finally put an end to the danger that's threatened all of them. But will putting herself in harm's way be more dangerous than anyone expected?

My Review:

"An explosion brought Cole Boden to his feet." And with that desperate opening line we're off to the races in the action-packed, comedy-laced grand finale to the Cimmarron Legacy series. The Bodens are a larger than life family and conjure up images of vintage TV Westerns like the Cartwright family (Bonanza) and the Barkley clan (Big Valley.) You don't need to read the first two books in order to enjoy this one, though if you enjoy a good classic Western you'll want to read them all!

Connealy knows how to pair danger and mayhem with wise-cracking humour. Mel and Cole are a hoot! Both equally tough and stubborn and noble of heart....and uncomfortably attracted to each other. Something that takes them by surprise and must be sorted out amidst flying bullets and ominous explosions. They are besieged by a host of ornery villains with a wicked sense of justice and a determination to wipe the Bodens off the face of the earth.

Breathlessly intense with a blockbuster style ending that will bring you to your feet as you clap and cheer (and catcall whistle in the appropriate spots.) Awesomesauce all around.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

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Monday, February 12, 2018

Oath of Honor

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EASON, LYNETTE
OATH OF HONOR

A murdered partner. A missing brother. Will Isabelle's silence protect those she loves...or delay justice?

Police officer Isabelle St. John loves her crazy, loud, law-enforcement family. She knows they'll be there for her when things get tough. Like when her partner is murdered and she barely escapes with her own life.

Izzy is determined to discover exactly what happened, and her investigation sends her headfirst into a criminal organization, possibly with cops on the payroll -- including someone from her own family. With her dead partner's brother Ryan, a handsome homicide detective, shadowing her every move, Izzy's head is spinning. How can she secure justice for her partner when doing so could mean sending someone she loves to prison? And how will she guard her heart when the man she's had a secret crush on for years won't leave her side?

My Review:

Eeeeepppp!! A new Lynette Eason series featuring a law enforcement family. Eeeeeeepppp!!!! This is me fangirling over a reading future of stellar romantic suspense. Because now that I've finished Oath of Honor I am more than ready for Called to Protect, the next book in the series but it doesn't release until the summer. Sob! But it also features a K-9 angle. Yay! Okay -- deep breaths -- focus on the review at hand not on a book in the future even though the publisher provides a tantalizing sneak preview of book two at the end of this one. Eeeeepppp!

Seriously -- Lynette Eason has a scary, crafty imagination and would excel as a career criminal if she put her mind to it. :-) Thankfully, she's targeted her uncanny villainous tendencies to fiction which delights her readers and keeps her out of prison.

The suspense is an intricate tangle of knots and dangling threads. Lots of tension as danger looms and Izzy struggles with who she can trust. Cue lifetime friend Ryan, a fellow cop and brother of Izzy's slain partner. They both have a huge stake in this game and not a whole lot of time to set things to right. The whole book plays out in just under a week so think fast-paced with plenty of action.

They both harbor some unrequited attraction at the start of the story. A five-year-old Ryan even visited baby Izzy in the hospital just after her birth. Their families have been close their entire lives but with Ryan a full five years her senior, they mostly moved in different social circles. Love the shared memories that bind them together and provide a familiar starting point for their deepening friendship. As always, Lynette Eason perfectly balances romance and suspense.

A nail-biting thrill of a start to the Blue Justice series.

Book provided courtesy of Baker Publishing and Graf-Martin Communications Inc.

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Sunday, February 11, 2018

February Giveaway - Week Two


WON BY RUBYNREBA

WON BY MELANIE BACKUS

WON BY JASMINE A.

WON BY DIANE ESTRELLA

WON BY KAY GARRETT

WON BY MINDY HOUNG
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Saturday, February 10, 2018

Fairer Than Morning

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ELLIOTT, ROSSLYN
FAIRER THAN MORNING

On a small farm in 19th-century Ohio young Ann Miller is pursued by the gallant Eli Bowen, son of a prominent family. Eli is the suitor of Ann's dreams. Like her, he enjoys poetry and beautiful things and soon, he will move to the city to become a doctor.

Ann travels to Pittsburgh, accompanying her father on business. There she meets Will Hanby, a saddle-maker's apprentice. Will has spent years eking out an existence under a cruel master and his spirit is nearly broken. But Ann's compassion lights a long dark part of his soul. Through his encounters with Ann's father, a master saddler, Will discovers new hope and courage in the midst of tremendous adversity.

When the Miller's must return to Ohio and their ministry there, will resolves to find them at any cost. If Will can make it back to Ann, will she be waiting!

The Saddler's Legacy series is a work of fiction inspired by a real family in American history -- the Hanby family, who are to this day the most celebrated ciitzens of Westerville, Ohio.

My Review:

Published in 2011
My thanks to my public library for providing me with a copy of this delightful retro read!

I love stories based on the real lives of historical figures! And while Rosslyn Elliott has taken some poetic license with Ann and Will's romance she has stayed true to all the important parts. And the author has a beautiful writing style which makes the words flow so smoothly that it's easy to be drawn in and held captive.

Both Ann and Will are at a crossroads in their lives -- but for very different reasons. Other than the untimely death of her mother, Ann has lived a comfortable and safe life. Though she is raising her younger sisters, she has the support and protection of a loving father. She has strong opinions, a thirst for knowledge and the desire to see more of the world than their farm and the small town nearby.

Will's life experience starts out similar to Ann's but a ravaging illness wipes out most of his family and he finds himself indentured to a cruel master. Starved and beaten, his future looks bleak...if he is even able to survive the years before he will finally be free. They are drawn together in an incredible way and as their lives intersect so do their hearts...but oh, it's so complicated! Nigh on impossible, actually. A thrilling read right to very the last page.

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If you would like a chance to win a copy of Fairer Than Morning, leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you add your email to a comment, remember to use AT and DOT instead of @ and. in order to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email, please add the title to the subject line so it's easy for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday February 11 2018. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck.

Friday, February 9, 2018

Her Handyman Hero

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BEATTY, LORRAINE
HER HANDYMAN HERO

Building a dream

Reid Blackthorne arrives in Dover on a personal mission -- to make sure his terminally iill brother gets a chance to meet his daughter.

Deceiving little Lily's guardian isn't his intention. Yet once Tori Montgomery mistakes Reid for her new handyman, he knows it's the only way to be close to his niece. Tori is honoring her her friend's last wish by keeping Lily away from her father's family. And once she learns who Reid truly is, she realizes there's too much at stake -- including custody of Lily -- for her to fall for the former DEA agent. But in keeping a promise, is she losing out on her chance for a happily-ever-after?

Home to Dover: A small town with a big heart

My Review:

Seriously? This is number 10 in the Home to Dover series and I'm just discovering Lorraine Beatty now? How is that even possible?! I'm hanging my head in shame and almost willing to hand in my avid reader card over this appalling oversight. All I can say is that I have a lot of catching up to do because Beatty writes the kind of tumultuous, tummy-fluttering, nail-biting romance that I love to read.

There's angst a plenty -- including the edge-of-your-seat dreaded anticipatory kind since the reader knows who Reid is from the very start while Tori is naively clueless. My heart hurts just thinking about it. Both their lives are impossibly complicated and both struggle with trust issues. He's so used to lying undercover he's almost forgotten who he is. She's so nervous of messing up this motherhood thing that she's lost faith in herself and clings to promises she made to her dying friend. Both need to move forward in faith...in God and in themselves. And if they manage to do that, they have a shot at a spectacular happily-ever-after.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like to win a copy of Her Handyman Hero, leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOT ca. If you add your email to a comment, remember to use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in order to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email, please add the title to the subject line so it's easy for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday February 11 2018. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck!

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Lady Jayne Disappears

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POLITANO, JOANNA DAVIDSON
LADY JAYNE DISAPPEARS

Lynhurst Manor is a house built on secrets...
and the arrival of Aurelie Harcourt might reveal them all.

When Aurelie Harcourt's father dies suddenly, he leaves her just two things: his famous pen name, Nathaniel Droll, and his wealthy family -- who want very little to do with her.

As Aurelie struggles to find a home with her father's family and learn the rules of society, she relishes in his parting gift -- the beginning of his last story. The story she always wanted to hear, about her mother's mysterious disappearance from the home where she now lives. To complete the novel, she'll have to extract clues from relatives -- and one engimatic houseguest -- who often seem reluctant to give them up.

My Review:

"How amazing, how humble, was this girl who broke herself into a million pieces and distributed them to any who had need." (p 65)

Exquisitely written. Breathtakingly beautiful both in words and in substance. The kind of story you want to nestle into forever. Savor every nuance. Bask in the vivid impressions the author's words conjure up. Images that need to seep into your soul before proceeding any further into the story. And if you stop to record the most quotable of quotes it might just take you a week to finish Lady Jayne Disappears. And you won't mind a bit because it means you get to spend more time in the story. More time with the characters. More time figuring out the mystery (but I bet you won't!)

There's a story within this story. And it celebrates writers, readers and the written word. In short, it's a bibliophile's dream. I didn't realize I was craving a novel like this until I held it in my hands and even now that I've finished, I can't bring myself to shelve it. I want to keep it close for when I need a book hug. Or profound wisdom on my faith journey and my relationship with God. Or delightfully witty and insightful commentaries on the power in stories. Because my copy is riddled with sticky-note flags that ensure I won't lose a single gem.

Captivating from the very first page. Aurelie is shrouded in mystery. But then so is Silas. Loved their interactions -- the delicious undercurrents that promise a deeper connection than mere acquaintances. And the way the story unfolds -- so many intricate threads running amok causing chaos and confusion and yet Politano manages to weave them altogether by the end. And it's the kind of ending that amazes and astounds and leaves a reader bereft because you just don't want it to be over. Ever.

A stunning debut novel. I want more from Joanna Davidson Politano. Right now. Please.

God answers prayers..."Not in one big powerful move, but gradually so I don't notice until I've turned around and see that I have exactly what I need." (p 225)

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Wednesday, February 7, 2018

High-Risk Investigation

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CHOATE, JANE M.
HIGH-RISK INVESTIGATION

Fatal Truth

Finishing the investigation that got her parents killed is reporter Scout McAdams's top priority -- even with someone threatening her life if she doesn't drop it. But she'll reluctantly accept former army ranger Nicco Santonni as her bodyguard...on one condition. He can't try to stop her from uncovering the truth her true-crime writer mother was searching for, despite the danger. Though the pretty -- and stubborn -- journalist may not want a bodyguard, Nicco knows she needs one, and he aims to shadow Scout's every move. But while Nicco may use every tactic to keep the killers at bay, when the truth proves deadlier than they ever imagined, will they live to tell the tale?

My Review:

I enjoyed the page-turning intensity of this romantic suspense. High-risk investigation indeed. Scout  doesn't have an inkling of what she's walking into when she won't give up investigating her parents' murder. Danger is stalking her...and so is Nicco Santonni but for all the right reasons. Being a bodyguard in the shadows has it's difficulties -- especially when his unsuspecting client keeps putting herself in dangerous situations.

And the romance -- clear off your fainting couch, readers. It heats up after the initial spark ignites at their high-action introduction and keeps on sizzling ever after. These two are definitely made for each other...if they can stay alive long enough to enjoy their new found love.

Jane M. Choate is definitely on my short list of 'must buy' romantic suspense writers.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Chasing Secrets

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EASON, LYNETTE
CHASING SECRETS

Intensity. Skill. Tenacity.
The Bodyguards of Elite Guardians Agency have it all.

When a photo leads investigators in West Ireland to open a twenty-five-year-old cold case, Elite Guardians bodyguard Haley Callaghan's life is suddenly in danger. Haley knows how to take care of herself; after all, she's made a career out of taking care of others. But after she has an uncomfortably close call, Detective Steven Rothwell takes it upon himself to stay with her -- and the young client she has taken under her wing. A protector at heart, he's not about to let Haley fight this battle alone.

In a sweeping plot that takes them into long-buried memories -- and the depths of the heart -- Haley and Steven will have to solve the mystery of Haley's past while dodging bullets, bombs, and bad guys who just won't quit.

My Review:

Romantic suspense with an Irish flair?  I am so in! (And kudos to the author for getting the Irish accent right. Scottish and Irish aren't interchangeable, just so you know.)

I'm sad that this is the last of the Elite Guardians series -- love these kick-butt heroines who don't wait to be rescued, though they are smart enough to accept backup when necessary. And Steven fits the bill perfectly -- in both the official and romantical departments.:-) I'm still giddy thinking about Steven and Haley.  Eason has a marvelous talent for developing believable romance in the midst of the chaos danger brings. It never feels hurried and there are some great soul bearing scenes as well as faith building ones.

The suspense is sublimely complicated. Enough to make an armchair sleuth's head spin. Just when I thought I was onto something...I wasn't. I love when a suspense plot keeps me on my toes right to the very end and this one sure did! And a wide range of secondary characters liven things up all the more making this a seriously rabid-page-turning read.

Though Chasing Secrets is the last book in the series, it can easily be read as a standalone. However, if you're an Elite Bodyguard fan you'll enjoy the amount of 'page time' previous heroines and heroes receive in this final story. And the epilogue is sweet perfection!

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like a chance to win a copy of Chasing Secrets, leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you add your email to a comment, remember to use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in order to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email, please add the title to the subject line so it's easy for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday February 11 2018. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck!

Monday, February 5, 2018

Abiding Mercy

GIVEAWAY
REID, RUTH
ABIDING MERCY

Faith faces an impossible situation: Should she do the right thing and bring heartache to nearly everyone she knows or deny her true self and always wonder...what if?

Sixteen-year-old Faith has worked full-time in her parents' restaurant since she finished eighth grade. She loves her Amish community and the romantic attentions of her longtime friend, Gideon.

When her sister seems to be getting too friendly with Englischers, and her parents are in a buggy accident, Faith wants to escape into her dream of joining the church and getting married.

But then a local newspaper runs a story about a child named Adriana who was kidnapped fifteen years earlier, and everything Faith has held true comes into question.

Suddenly the community Faith has known her whole life seems unreal. Can she ever trust her own family? And how will she ever find home again if she no longer belongs in the world she knows best?

My Review:

Cultures clash in this intriguing Amish novel. It's been awhile since I've read a book by Ruth Reid but Abiding Mercy reminds me of why I need to read more by this author. A taut, tense plot that keeps a reader glued to the page. Memorable characters that reflect all the complications of real life. A mysterious stranger who is so much more than he seems. And some heart-wrenching plot twists that turn everything upside down.

Loved Faith and the way she lives up to her name during the most trying of times. She's not perfect by any means, but she clings to the hope in God's promises and in her own sweet way makes the world a brighter place for those around her. If anything, she is too eager to please at times. The exact opposite of her self-centered sister, Olivia. That difficult sibling relationship catapults the entire family into an unimaginable journey that tests them all.

A riveting sweet romance that is just a little bit different from the other Amish stories out there. Definitely a treat of a read. Perfect for fans of Amish fiction but also a great introduction to the genre for those who aren't quite sure if Amish is their thing. Awesomesauce all around!

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like a chance to win a copy of Abiding Mercy, leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you add your email to a comment, remember to use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in order to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email please add the title to the subject line so it's easy for me to spot your entry.Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday February 11 2018. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck.

Sunday, February 4, 2018

February Giveaway -- Week One



WON BY BECKY SMITH

WON BY PERRIANNE ASKEW

WON BY PAM WESTFALL

WON BY ANDREA MCCULLEY

WON BY KAY GARRETT

WON BY TRACEY HAGWOOD

You know the drill -- I'll email winners if they left an email in their comment. If not, it's up to the winner to contact me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca.  If I can't connect with a winner within a month, the win is forfeited. Books are usually sent out within a week of receiving a winner's mailing address, but give it a month before inquiring about deliveries to allow for processing and delivery times.

LOOKING AHEAD TO NEXT WEEK'S GIVEAWAYS: